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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hager House and Museum

 
 
Interpretive Marker at the Hager House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
1. Interpretive Marker at the Hager House
Inscription. When German immigrant and founder of Hagerstown, Jonathan Hager, arrived in this country in 1736, western Maryland area was frontier. Marylandís colonial governor was offering cheap land to those willing to settle here. In 1739, Hager obtained 200 acres which he called “HagerĎs Fancy” and began building this home. He presented his new bride, German neighbor Elizabeth Kershner, with their new home in 1740.

Hager Houseís 22" stone walls offered protection from attack and the elements. Rye straw and mud filler between floors and partitions provided insulation. Two cool springs under the house made the basement a pleasant retreat on hot summer days.

Jonathan Hager grew prosperous here. He opened a trading post in his new home and acquired more land. In 1745, he sold “Hagerís Fancy” to Jacob Rohrer for a substantial profit. Hager House remained in the Rohrer family until 1944 when it was purchased by the Washington County Historical Society. It was presented to the City of Hagerstown in 1954 and was opened to the public in 1962.

Today, restored and furnished, Hager House offers a glimpse of 18th century life. The adjacent Hager Museum houses an extensive collection of period artifacts, including many
The Hager House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 9, 2007
2. The Hager House
This uncut field stone house was built in the 1840s. With thick walls and a protected water supply, the house could also serve as a frontier fort in the event of an uprising. The museum is in the building to the left.
items discovered during the restoration of the Hager House.

Little Heiskell. The creation of a German tinsmith named Heiskell, “Little Heiskell" is a Hessian soldier weather vane. Little Heiskel has become the symbol of the City of Hagerstown. The weather vane, now on permanent display at the Hager Museum, once adorned the cupola atop City Hall. During the Civil War, a Confederate sharpshooter reportedly fired a mini-hall through Little Heiskell's “heart.”
 
Erected by Hagerstown City Park.
 
Location. 39° 38.382′ N, 77° 43.821′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Key Street and Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Key Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Hager House grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hagerís Fancy (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Aetna Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Jonathan Hager House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Indian Warrior/Trading Path
Hager House National Register of Historic Places: image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
3. Hager House National Register of Historic Places:
Hager House ** (added 1974 - - #74000974)
♦ Also known as Hager's Fancy;Hager's Choice
♦ 19 Key St. , Hagerstown
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Hager,Johanthan
♦ Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture, Social History
♦ Period of Significance: 1700-1749
♦ Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
♦ Current Sub-function: Museum, Park
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Milling (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. John's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Baltimore Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shenandoah Valley Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Regarding Hager House and Museum. The Hager House stands off Key Street, inside the city park.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Hager House National Register Plaque (Stone) seen at far left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 17, 2011
4. Hager House National Register Plaque (Stone) seen at far left
Hager Museum Tribute plaques to former caretakers seen on wall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
5. Hager Museum Tribute plaques to former caretakers seen on wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,674 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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